Czechs killed in Afghanistan to be buried with military honours


14.07.2014 17:18

Prague - The four Czech soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday will be buried with military honours in Chomutov, north Bohemia, Hradec Kralove, Tyniste nad Orlici and Jicin, all east Bohemia, on July 17, 18 and 21, the general staff's spokeswoman Jana Ruzickova told CTK today.


Čeští vojáci, kteří padli v úterý v Afghánistánu, budou pohřbeni 17., 18. a 21. července v Chomutově, Hradci Králové, Týništi nad Orlicí a Jičíně. Smuteční obřady se uskuteční s vojenskými poctami. Na archivním snímku je Jan Šenkýř. ČTK Armáda ČR

A fifth Czech soldier was severely wounded in Tuesday's suicide bomb attack, responsibility for which was claimed by Taliban. After being transported back to the Czech Republic in a very serious condition, he succumbed to his injuries in Prague's Central Military Hospital earlier today.

The military today disclosed the identity of the soldiers who died in the bomb attack.

They are sergeant Ivo Klusak, corporals Libor Ligac and Jan Senkyr, and sergeants major David Benes and Jaroslav Lieskovan.

The military has disclosed their names on with the consent of their families, Ruzickova said.

"The Czech military has lost four of its men, respected professionals and colleagues, who were soldiers heart and soul," Ruzickova said, still before the fifth soldier's death in Prague.

The funeral will be held will with the participation of an honorary unit and a military chaplain and accompanied by military music and a volley salute.

"All the soldiers will be exceptionally promoted to a higher rank during the funeral," chief of staff Petr Pavel said.

The military will provide transport for the family members as well as a psychologist and medical care.

Klusak was born in 1980. He joined the military in July 2000. From the beginning he served with the 43rd airborne battalion in Chrudim, east Bohemia. He took part in six foreign missions, including four in Afghanistan.

His funeral will be held in Jicin on July 21.

Ligac, born in 1981, also served with the same battalion for the same period as Klusak. He participated twice in the Afghan mission.

His funeral will be in Tyniste nad Orlici on July 18.

Senkyr was born in 1975. In 2006, he became a driver of the then 14th logistics support brigade and later of the 13th artillery brigade. He joined the 43rd airborne battalion in Chrudim in April 2011. He participated in a foreign mission for the first time.

His funeral will be in Hradec Kralove on July 18.

Benes, born in 1986, joined the military in 2006. He participated three times in the Afghan mission. He was a member of the 41st mechanised battalion based in Zatec, north Bohemia.

His funeral will be held in Chomutov on July 17.

Lieskovan, born in 1975, died on July 14, 2014, succumbing to multiple severe injuries he suffered in a blast of an improvised explosive device on July 8. The date and place of his funeral have not been set yet.

The five were members of the patrol unit that guards the Bagram air base in the eastern province of Parwan. Its task is to patrol within the 20-km radius from the base, prevent missile attacks and gain information from local civilians. It has stayed at the base since April. In October it is to be replaced within a regular rotation.

A suicide attacker killed the four and fatally wounded the fifth soldier when they talked to the locals near the base. Apart from the Czechs, the attack killed two Afghani police and several civilians.

The four fallen soldiers' remains were brought back home on Thursday. On the plane's arrival, a mourning ceremony was held at the Prague-Kbely airport in the presence of President Milos Zeman and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka.

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